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Routine Regulars

As a beauty editor it’s my job (and passion) to try out products regularly. It’s what I’ve done over the past 15 years – interviewing dermatologists, researching ingredients, deciphering labels and testing, testing, testing, not to keep all the good stuff to myself, but so that I can share the best of the best with you. Because for me, the one thing better than a beauty secret, is a shared beauty secret.
The secret to great skin is not an extensive time-consuming routine using a million products. For me it’s always been about keeping it easy and effective. And whilst I’ll incorporate newness into my routine, these are the skincare heroes I’ll go back to time and time again because simply put, they deliver.

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1 Bioderma Sensibio H20
My first cleanse is always with a micellar water to dissolve a full face of makeup and prep skin for the next steps. This is such a cult product.

2 Swisscode Hyaluron
I love Hyaluronic acid and this serum is the best – it acts like a moisture cushion delivering instant tightness and glow, but also protecting your skin’s moisture barrier long-term, which is crucial to healthy, dewy youthful-looking skin.

3 Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II
I love this lightweight oil-free serum. I’ve used this for years and am convinced my skin is in great condition because of it. It hydrates, smoothes, evens tone and basically makes my skin look young.

4 The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel
This is such a great morning cleanser – super gentle, smells lovely and cleans skin without stripping it. Skin is left fresh and radiant.

5 Zelens PHA+ Biopeel
I stay away from anything that has the potential to irritate my skin – acids, whilst effective for exfoliation , can be troublesome when misused. I’ve never had an issue with this blend of AHA’s and BHA’s

6 Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream
My delicate, dehydrated skin responds so well to Crème de La Mer – this lustrous cream-gel formula makes my face look so glowy and juicy.

7 Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
This is so much more than a hydrating mist – it’s a miracle mist! A blend of moisturizing Red Algae and Squalane, it brings the face back to life. I spray it on bare skin and over makeup multiple times a day.

8 Heliocare Gelcream Color SPF50
Oil-free, yet hydrating and non-pore clogging. This tinted sunscreen (comes in 2 shades) is the one that works for everyone (even spot-prone skin) and it actually makes your skin look retouched.

9 Environ C-Quence Eye Gel
Eye creams can make my eyes puffy. This gel is light yet packed with wrinkle busting peptides and skin building vitamins A, C and E.

10 Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream
The nappy rash cream that works like a charm on calming inflammation from breakouts.

11 Sarah Chapman 3D Moisture Infusion Masks
This bio cellulose mask takes the whole concept of sheet masks to another level – it perfectly adheres to your face shape thanks to its second skin texture and delivers an all-inclusive boost of hydration and radiance.

12 Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
Hands down the best liquid exfoliator to clean out pores, control oiliness and calm inflammation.

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The Skin Rules I Live By

It’s all very well to focus on the latest and greatest, but we can sometimes forget the basic skin facts that hold true for everyone. No hype, no hyperbole, these ten rules work for all, regardless of age or skin condition.

Don’t Be A Clean Freak
A cleanser is not meant to make your skin squeaky clean, a toner is not meant to make your skin feel tight and an exfoliant shouldn’t sting, burn or make your face red. All of those are signs of irritation and irritation leads to inflammation, which is never good news for anyone.

Wash With Lukewarm Water
Very hot water dries the skin and can stimulate sebum flow. Dial down your tap and finish with a cold rinse. As for cleansers – I only use soap-free, non-irritating formulas.

Be Careful Not To Over-Moisturise
Products that are too rich, can block pores, provoke blackheads and breakouts.

…However Even Oily Skin Needs Moisture
dehydration can make breakouts worse. Just make sure you use oil-free products.

Look After Your Neck and Hands
A lot of people take care of their faces, but totally neglect their neck and hands.  I apply the same thing I use on my face, down my neck and over the back of my hands, so they get equal level of hydration, protection, cell renewal and sun protection as my face.

Sleep On Silk
Silk pillowcases cause less friction against your skin (and hair!) so I don’t wake up with creases and hopefully get fewer lines in the long run.

Invest In A Humidifier
I noticed a real difference since using a humidifier in my bedroom –especially in winter when there is less moisture in the atmosphere, which tends to dehydrate skin.

Pop a Pill
A lot of experts will say that there is not evidence vitamin supplements are of any value to the skin. Regardless, I can only go by my own experience and they work for me. I take a high dose of Vitamin C daily (Biocare Vitamin C 1000) to help with collagen production, Fatty Acids (Advanced Nutrition Skin Omega’s+) to lubricate the skin from the inside whist also reducing inflammation and a Pre/Probiotic complex (Dr Nigma Healthy Flora) to keep my gut working optimally which is vitally important for healthy skin function.

Avoid Piling On Products
I’ll admit I have a lot of skincare products, for one because I earn my living trying new products, but I’m also a skincare obsessee. However – I’m very methodical about introducing new ingredients. I’ll try one new product roughly every two weeks (and I make sure I’m not duplicating ingredients), so I get the opportunity to see if it’s working for me. And if my skin reacts badly – I back off.

Do A Sunday Facial
It’s something I’ve done ever since I was a teenager. Taking time out once a week to put yourself first is great for the soul and skin. You don’t have to do endless steps – even if it’s just a good cleanse, exfoliation and mask – that’s perfect. Going to get professional treatments is wonderful but the ultimate secret to good skin is what you do at home and that means building a routine that is targeted and effective for you – quick and easy during the week and a bit more indulgent on Sunday.